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MEDIA RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE USE National Public Works Excellence Awards celebrate the best in New Zealand’s Public Works Sector 3 December 2020. New Zealand’s best Public Works and Infrastructure projects were celebrated at a packed Dunedin Centre, at the Institute of Public Works Conference in Dunedin last Thursday night, 3rd December. Into their 15 th year, the IPWEA NZ Public Works Excellence Awards recognise and celebrate the often ...
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Internal Combustion

Reality is far different than lip service By: Anonymous Fleet Manager Let us as a fleet community pursue our options so that we can co-exist with the biosphere. It’s time to move from internal combustion to zero emissions. Sure. Your organisation probably has a policy in place to deal with sustainability but is it being acted on? Is it more rhetoric at a senior level and less about duty of care? We, as fleet practitioners, have a responsibility ...
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By Rob Wilson – Director IPWEA FLEET The Latest IPWEA FLEET Initiatives for the Fleet Community I’m pleased to announce that registrations are now open for the 2021 IPWEA Australasian Fleet Conference. Given the situation with COVID-19 and likely continued organisational restrictions on face to face events, IPWEA has taken the decision to make the 2021 conference a virtual event. A virtual format will ensure the event goes ahead and provides ...
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IPWEA FLEET Plant and Vehicle Management Professional Development Opportunities IPWEA is pleased to announce that registrations are now open for the 2021 IPWEA Australasian Fleet Conference . The fleet community is facing unprecedented change and challenges. Constant pressure to reduce cost, the rapid integration of new technologies and increasing compliance obligations are impacting how fleet is managed. IPWEA understand this and have designed ...
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Phil Jeffrey | Vic Member | 12 years How long have you been a member of IPWEA? 12 years including 6 on the Victorian board. Why did you become an IPWEA Member? I was introduced to IPWEA by a work colleague, attended a regional session, and liked the opportunity to connect with like minded people. What are the benefits for your role/career? There are numerous learning and networking opportunities associated with being a member ...
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Les Stokes | Vic Member | 17 years Why did you become an IPWEA Member? I initially became a member to expand my networks, to engage with other Public Works Professionals and to take advantage of the information and training that was available to young and emerging engineering leaders. I’m pleased to say that as I have progressed through my career, IPWEA has continued to be relevant to the work that I do and support that I need. What ...
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Updating Traffic Estimates - A review of industry practice by Mike Tapper - for RIMS RIMS (Roading Infrastructure Management Support) has recently completed a project to review industry practice for updating traffic count estimation.  Currently there is no guideline for undertaking traffic count estimates.  The purpose of this report was to research current methods used in the industry for updating traffic estimates in RAMM.  Part of ...
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Justin Hinch | Vic Member | 12 years Why did you become an IPWEA Member? I had already been working in local government for 8 years and was interested in applying for an overseas study tour scholarship facilitated by the Municipal Engineering Foundation Victoria and found the IPWEA connection. What are the benefits for your role/career? I would describe it as an extension of your work environment, a group of professionals, networking ...
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Small Problems Fixed Fast By: Anonymous Fleet Manager The truth is that, for us fleet managers, small problems can often be overlooked for an extended period of time. Sometimes these problems are only realised after an incident or major crisis that can have serious consequences including revenue loss or worse. The solution for fleet managers is to obtain the information that you need using real-time alerts. Alerts should be as detailed ...
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By NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment NSW Hydrogen Initiative – Transport and Hydrogen Registration of Interest The NSW Government recently released the Net Zero Plan Stage 1: 2020-2030 as the foundation for NSW’s action on climate change and goal to reach net zero emissions by 2050. The third priority area of the plan is investing in the next wave of emissions reduction innovation, which includes a hydrogen initiative. ...
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IPWEA FLEET Plant and Vehicle Management Professional Development Opportunities 2020 Virtual Fleet Management Workshop . Given the Covid-19 pandemic and its impact on travel and face to face meetings, IPWEA has decided to replace the normal series of workshops around regional centres and capital cities with a Virtual Fleet Management Workshop available to everyone. The Virtual Fleet Management Workshop will include a mix of interactive professional ...
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The fleet management industry has such a diverse range of people and roles, and everyone has a unique story of their journey in our industry. This month we talk to Kris Browne, A/Fleet Asset Management Officer, Organisational Services (Carrara Depot) – City of Gold Coast, Queensland. FI: How did you get started in fleet and plant, and what was your first job in the industry? KB: My start in Fleet and Plant Asset Management in 2015 was a ...
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IPWEA FLEET Manager’s Column

By Rob Wilson – Director IPWEA FLEET The Latest IPWEA FLEET Initiatives for the Fleet Community IPWEA FLEET have been head down / tail up over recent months on a number of initiatives to support the fleet industry. I’ve highlighted a few below, but for more information go to our website . Chain of Responsibility - IPWEA in conjunction with our compliance partner Latus hosted a Chain of Responsibility webinar for the Tasmanian division last ...
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Chain of Responsibility 101

Chain of Responsibility 101 (based on IPWEA’s Plant and Vehicle Management Manual Ed4) Chain of Responsibility (CoR) legislation and the Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) legislation are very similar in their structure and intent. If we look at WHS, it's about ensuring that no one gets hurt at work. WHS requires controls to ensure that basic safety rules are in place and to meet and follow the standards. Essentially this is easy. A set ...
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By Michael Harvey – Founder, DIGI CLIP The Benefits of Pre-Start Checklists In a vehicle or equipment pre-start inspection, the operator uses a checklist to perform a standardised routine inspection before using the vehicle or equipment. A pre-start checklist normally covers the exterior and interior condition of the vehicle or equipment as well as operational aspects including mechanical and electrical systems, fluid levels and safety devices ...
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Debbie Leeson-Rabie | Vic Member | 5 years Why did you become an IPWEA Member? I was fortunate to be awarded a Municipal Engineering Foundation scholarship for a study tour to America and Canada and through my preparation for the tour, I realised the broader benefit of becoming a member of IPWEA, so I joined and have never looked back. What are the benefits for your role/career? As a member of IPWEA, I have increased my network of industry ...
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IPWEA NZ Asset Management Digital Badges hit a millenia! Back in September 2019, the team at IPWEA NZ could not have predicted the pace at which our freshly launched digital badges programme would take off. The rate of badge registrations has confirmed the need that digital badges were designed to address - a looming asset management skills shortage and a dirth of accessible and affordable training.  The journey from original ...
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IPWEA have developed a web-based asset management solution that helps local governments to manage their data and improve decision-making. Buildings.PLUS has been specifically designed for teams that are responsible for asset management, facility management and property management in any type of organisation that has a significant portfolio of buildings. It is also designed for managers of other assets including parks open spaces, playgrounds, ...
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Local Governments in NSW are invited to showcase projects that they have undertaken to improve the resilience of their infrastructure to climate change. Showcase projects selected will feature as case studies in a new Climate Resilience Design Guide currently under development as part of a collaborative project between Northern Beaches Council, IPWEA and Dubbo Regional Council; and funded by Local Government NSW under an Increasing ...
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Some of the things you do every day actively harm your body. And many of these habits don’t even seem harmless until you take a closer look at them. In many ways, it’s our habits that define who we are as people. These habits become part of the routines that we create around ourselves, which is why breaking them is so difficult. Of course, there are good and bad habits. Keeping a positive mindset, eating healthy, and exercising regularly are ...
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